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PRESS RELEASES

In California, if you play and win, your name is public record. We’re taking the mystery out of winning because more and more people are willing to tell their stories, and others are still allowing us to take their memorable and eventful photos.

Why is this important? Seeing real Californians holding that oversized check sends a clear signal: people are winning every day! We also like to showcase our winners because it helps illustrate that we maintain the highest level of integrity in our games, thereby insuring public confidence in the Lottery. Regardless of whether it’s $100 or $100,000, winning happens all the time here at the California Lottery. Say hello to some of the “lucky ones” below!

December, 2000

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December 30, 2000

"Big Spin® 2000" Revisits Most Memorable Contestants

SACRAMENTO - This week's taping of the California Lottery's "Big Spin® 2000" show revisits some of the most memorable contestants of the Big Spin® 2000 show. In addition, the next Extravaganza 2000 winner will be announced. The show is scheduled... Read more »

Media Advisories and Events

December 23, 2000

"Big Spin® 2000" Revisits Most Memorable Contestants

SACRAMENTO - This week's taping of the California Lottery's "Big Spin® 2000" show revisits some of the most memorable contestants of the Big Spin® 2000 show. The show is scheduled to air Saturday, December 23, 2000, in twelve television markets s... Read more »

Media Advisories and Events

December 16, 2000

"Big Spin® 2000" Winner Plans Trip To Hawaii

SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "Big Spin® 2000" show airs Saturday, December 16, 2000, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a combined total of $277,500. Brenda Johnson started volunteering in the Basset... Read more »

Winners Stories

December 15, 2000

Brenda Johnson Receives "Hero in Education" Award

SACRAMENTO -- Congresswoman Hilda Solis presented Brenda Johnson with California Lottery's "Hero In Education" award on the "Big Spin® 2000" show that airs December 16, 2000. Ms. Johnson started volunteering in 1978 when her children were in the... Read more »

Supporting Education

December 9, 2000

Fantasy 5TM Dream Machine Contestants Dominate The Big Spin® 2000 Show

SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "Big Spin® 2000" show airs Saturday, December 9, 2000, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a combined total of $207,500. Four Fantasy 5TM Dream Machine contestants won big... Read more »

Winners Stories

December 2, 2000

Costa Mesa Resident Wins $105,000 and Heads for Hawaii on Big Spin® 2000 Show

SACRAMENTO -- California Lottery's "Big Spin® 2000" show airs Saturday, December 2, 2000, in twelve television markets statewide. Contestants on this week's show won a combined total of $280,000. "I'm going to refurbish my hair salon business an... Read more »

Winners Stories

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